An Indian court has found the top elected official of the southern state of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, guilty of corruption. Jayaram will be forced to step down from office and sentenced to four years in prison on Saturday (The New York Times). The case against Jayaram was filed nearly 20 years ago in 1996 for amassing a fortune of 600 million rupees ($11 million) (Fox News).
Prosecutors report that her assets were vastly disproportionate to her earnings during her first term as chief minister between 1991 and 1996 (Aljazeera). At that time, Jayaram was claiming a salary of 1 rupee as her monthly salary. Indian politicians are seldom convicted for corruption and even more rarely end up in jail. Her supporters remain that is a political conspiracy to discredit her.
Author: Jessica Rodrigues, The India Center Fellow